Andy Carroll comments on his return to first-team football

West Ham striker Carroll is back playing first-team football after injury.

Andy Carroll has now returned to first-team football following his return from injury, and he has spoken to the club website about getting back into the West Ham side now that he is ready to play again.

Carroll said: “It’s great to be back out there on the pitch, but to score a goal and get the winner against Chelsea, in front of our fans, is even sweeter. It's an unbelievable feeling. It's a lot harder coming off the bench, I know that. You've got to get up to speed with the game. You're obviously a lot fresher than the lads that have played from the start, but for those first five minutes, you’re playing catch-up.”

Carroll spent the end of last season and the entire summer working his way back to fitness, also missing the beginning of this campaign with the same knee injury.

For being such a physical striker, the English international finds himself on the sidelines far too often, but it now appears as if the 26-year-old is ready to fight for his place in Slaven Bilic’s side after being nursed back to health.

He has started just one game this season, playing 63 minutes against Leicester in the League Cup, but has not started a game in the Premier League yet. However, he has made four league appearances, and Carroll scored his first goal of the season last weekend when he headed the winner against Chelsea.

He is slowly playing more and more minutes, and is having an impact on the field of play, and it appears as if Carroll has a role to play under Bilic.

There is only the place for one striker in Bilic’s system, but as long as Carroll keeps having an impact, and goes on scoring more goals, he will continue to fight for a place in the West Ham starting XI.

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